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Join our virtual town halls, listening sessions, and more from the comfort of your home.

  • Virtual Town Halls

  • Listening Sessions

  • Panel Discussions

  • More Virtual Events & Meetings

Upcoming Virtual Town Halls

School Planning Town Halls: Introduction to Planning Efforts and Discussion (English)

August 5, 6:30-8 p.m.

Past Virtual Town Halls

School Planning Town Halls: Introduction to Planning Efforts and Discussion (Multilingual) August 5, 5-6:25 p.m.

School Planning Town Halls: Introduction to Planning Efforts and Discussion (English)

July 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
Video
Race and Equity in Policing June 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Video
Seniors May 12, 7-8 p.m.
Video
Spanish Speakers May 13, 7-8 p.m.
Video
General Public May 19, 7-8 p.m.
Video

Parents

May 21, 7-8 p.m.
Video

Youth (teens and high school students)

June 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Come back here at the time of the meeting you would like to attend to join live by:

Join a test meeting ahead of time to make sure you're ready to connect.

If you’re unable to attend live, no worries. You can watch the event later on City YouTube or City Cable TV.

ADA Accommodations: 

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nency Salamoun in advance, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Tackling systemic racism in Somerville requires input from diverse voices in our community. A respectful, collaborative environment is an important means for gathering input. Following George Floyd’s murder and the nation’s call for those in leadership to listen, Mayor Curtatone has committed to hosting virtual small group listening sessions for anyone interested in speaking, prioritizing BIPOC members of our community. These informal conversations are meant to provide a platform for the community to share opinions, challenges and visions for the future. The Mayor, and possibly other City staff, will listen to, and receive feedback about, what the community envisions for change before deciding on the most effective, and relevant, next steps.

How Will This Work?

  • Listening sessions will begin as soon as possible.
  • A listening session will be jointly facilitated by the Mayor and interested members of the community. City staff will supplement the listening team as notetakers and documenters. We welcome interested members of the community to support at any step in this process.
  • Conversations will not be scripted. The Mayor will be listening for opinions, challenges, and the community’s vision for a future free from racism. 
  • The City will compile what is heard from these listening sessions and share key themes with the public. Anything shared publicly will be made anonymous. Please continue to check this page for updates and next steps.
  •  Listening sessions will be held in any language; English is not required. Interpreters will be provided, as needed.

How to Take Part & Share Your Voice

These sessions are intended for those living and working in Somerville. When scheduling, we will prioritize sessions with persons of color in our community. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts at a listening session, please:

  • Submit your interest to the City using this form.
  • Indicate on this form if you are an individual or if you are part of a group. (We kindly request groups not exceed 10 people to keep discussions focused on what all participants have to say.)

Indicate on the form if you are interested in serving as a community liaison for your group listening session. (This role might include: co-facilitating a small group discussion, debriefing with the listening team following your session, reviewing any internal write-ups or memos from your group’s session.)

How to Log in to the Session

Come back here at the time of the session you would like to attend to join live by:

Join a test meeting ahead of time to make sure you're ready to connect.

If you’re unable to attend live, no worries. You can watch the event later on City YouTube or City Cable TV.

ADA Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nency Salamoun in advance, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Structural Racism Discussion with Rep. Pressley, D.A. Rollins, & Other Leaders

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, D.A. Rachael Rollins, and other regional and community leaders took part in a Panel Discussion on Structural Racism hosted by the City of Somerville on Tuesday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. Byron Barnett of WHDH TV 7 News facilitated the panel, which also included Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville City Councilor At-Large Will Mbah, Ward 4 School Committee Member Andre Green, and Somerville High School Black Student Union President Floreisha Bastien. 

The discussion focused on how structural racism impacts health, public safety, education, jobs, housing, and other aspects of our society and communities. Panelists took on the questions of ‘Where do we go from here and how can everyone be an ally?’

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 4:30pm
This is a public meeting of the Somerville HS Building Committee The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Mon, 08/17/2020 - 6:00pm
This is a public meeting of the Somerville Licensing Commission. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Mon, 08/17/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Public Health and Public Safety Committee. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Mon, 08/17/2020 - 7:00pm
Meeting of the School Committee. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Tue, 08/18/2020 - 7:30pm
Public meeting of the Commission for Women. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Wed, 08/19/2020 - 5:30pm
Public meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Wed, 08/19/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Thu, 08/20/2020 - 6:00pm
This summer, Somerville Prevention Services is hosting a series of free virtual presentations about a range of substance use prevention topics as one way to continue to educate and support community members during the coronavirus pandemic. Session themes include tobacco/nicotine, marijuana, problem gambling, anger management in recovery, and alcohol.
Thu, 08/20/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Board of Health. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Wed, 08/26/2020 - 6:45pm
Public meeting of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law.  See agenda for details.
Thu, 08/27/2020 - 6:00pm
This summer, Somerville Prevention Services is hosting a series of free virtual presentations about a range of substance use prevention topics as one way to continue to educate and support community members during the coronavirus pandemic. Session themes include tobacco/nicotine, marijuana, problem gambling, anger management in recovery, and alcohol.
Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:00am
Inclusionary Housing Program staff will be launching an income-restricted rental opportunity tomorrow with Maloney Properties, the lottery agency,  hired by Marka, developers of CALA (formerly known as the Powderhouse School). We will have a total of eight (8) apartments for rent there including artist and elderly affordable units.